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13th MEU holds at-sea memorial for Marine who died after falling overboard
 
13th MEU holds at-sea memorial for Marine who died after falling overboard
By: Andrea Scott / Marine Times - 2/15/19
RE: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/new...ing-overboard/

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Marines and sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit held a memorial service honoring Cpl. Jonathan Currier while sailing through the Sulu Sea, where he went missing six months earlier. (1st Lt. Paul Denison/Marine Corps)

Tragedy struck the amphibious assault ship Essex on Aug. 9, 2018, when a 21-year-old Marine from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit went overboard in the Sulu Sea off the Philippine coast.

The exhaustive search for New Hampshire native Cpl. Jonathan Currier lasted five days and covered more than 13,000 nautical miles, with search aircraft flying 110 sorties and a combined 300 flight hours, according to a press release.

Now, six months later, Marines and sailors on the Essex gathered for a memorial service to honor their lost comrade.

“Cpl. Currier was a quiet professional who loved being part of our team and always accomplished the mission at hand,” Lt. Col. Charles Bodwell, commanding officer of VMM-166 (Reinforced), said in a 13th MEU Facebook post. “I challenged you to finish this deployment in his image, and you did.”

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
on Monday
Remembering our Brother

Marines & Sailors with the #13thMEU held a memorial service honoring Cpl. Jonathan Currier while sailing through the Sulu Sea; the same sea where Currier went missing six months earlier.

“Cpl. Currier was a quiet professional who loved being part of our team and always accomplished the mission at hand,” said Lt. Col. Charles Bodwell, commanding officer, VMM-166 (Reinforced). “I challenged you to finish this deployment in his image, and you did.”...

Currier had been an Eagle Scout, church altar server and JROTC cadet, according to his obituary.

He enlisted in the Corps in 2015 and was a CH-53E Super Stallion crew chief assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 out of Miramar, California.

“Family and friends remember Jon as a kind friend and committed serviceman,” his obituary in 2018 said. “He joined the Marines three years ago to see the world.”

Stars and Stripes was first to report on the at-sea memorial for Currier.

Andrea Scott is editor of Marine Corps Times.


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